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9. Front of Amon

10. Great columns

11. Obelisks

12. Huge statues

13. Wall decorations

14. Sacred Lake

15. Scarab statue

16. Southern Pylons

17. Temple of Khonsu

18. Temple of Opet

19. Avenue of Sphinxes

20. Ramses 3

21. Amenophis 2

22. Shrine of Seti 2

23. Temple of Mentu

24. Temple of Ptah

25. Open Air Museum

26. Excavations

27. Barque of Hakor

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Obelisks at Temple of Amon

Luxor, Egypt

Obelisk of Tuthmosis.

Luxor, Egypt

Obelisk of Hatshepsut.

Why were obelisks built for Egyptian temples? What purpose did they have? It is easy just to stop and admire the obelisk structure without reflecting over that.
The answer is quite obvious, and comes clear in the Temple of Amon, where more obelisks are found than in any other Egyptian temple. This temple was built over centuries, seeing additions by several kings. Over time, the temple grew into a structure where little could be added which wasn't already done, just as big and just as well.
With obelisks, a king had a cost and time effective way in adding a monuments that rose above the buildings and their roofs. Therefore, as proofs of the strength and power of a king, obelisks were added to the temples. For what ritual purpose did the obelisk have? None whatsoever!
Luxor, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen